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According to an analyst note by investment firm Wells Fargo Securities Friday, Apple has increased its carrier count and now distributes the iPhone through a total of 323 wireless carriers worldwide.

We know that the iPhone was sold through some 280 carriers as of October so the Cupertino firm has been able to add 43 new carriers in the past seven months.

In contrast with the above figure, the iPhone 5 launched in a hundred countries on 240 different carrier back in September 2012.

And as a basis for further comparison, Apple had 316 carrier partners in mid-April so it’s added seven new carriers since…

The document, obtained by AppleInsider, cites analyst Maynard Um as observing that Tim Cook & Co. have been adding new carriers rather aggressively following a “fairly stable” period during 2011 and 2012.

Unlike Samsung, Apple doesn’t just bring its business to any carrier. Each wireless operator must meet the firm’s exacting standards in terms of customers service, marketing, network quality and more, if it’s to land the iconic smartphone.

Of course, the wider the distribution footprint the greater the sales. Just ask Samsung: its Galaxy smartphones are sold through nearly twice as much carriers worldwide.

“Assuming these carriers also get the new iPhone at launch, this could help year over year unit sell-in numbers,” Um wrote.

In addition to new carriers, Apple could benefit from two new iPhones as well – the 4.7 and 5.5-inch models – to address that fast-growing segment of handsets bigger than four inches (because “customers want what we don’t have”).

  • Your Mother

    but market share keeps shrinking., oh well–need to change from “more of the same”

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Which is exactly why iOS has the greatest mobile web usage then isn’t it?

      • Your Mother

        numbers inflated the fact that iOS users are forced to use safari. so clicking on anything that opens your browser artificially inflates Safari’s use. Android on the other hand allows for choice. you can set your default browser so when you click on a link, the browser of your choice is what opens.

        Safari as a browser gets more Web usage because you must use it–iOS as a platform is crushed under the weight of Android’s 1 billion green robots. i.e. 80% of the world’s total.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        But as Tim Cook put it what is the use of all these devices if they’re all being kept in drawers?

      • Your Mother

        They report the browser, then mention the OS because it favors Apple and gives a false impression. Android runs on 80% the world’s smartphones, by sheer volume they drown out iOS. Android users do not use the web any less than iOS users do and vice versa.

        Besides all that, mobile web browsing is just one small piece of the mobile puzzle.

        In every area that Apple once led they have either lost entirely or see year over year decline.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Okay well lets pick another stat:

        This ones from Black Friday last year:

        “iOS-based devices drove more than $543 million dollars in online sales, with iPad taking a 77 percent share. Android-based devices were responsible for $148 million in online sales, a 4.9 percent share of mobile driven online sales.

        …iPads drove the vast majority of online sales with $417 million while iPhones were responsible for $126 million. In comparison, Android-based phones generated $106 million, Android-based tablets $42 million in online sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.”

        SOURCE: businessinsider .com/ios-android-shopping-traffic-2013-11

        Why is it that so many Apple devices are being used and generating such revenues if their market share is decreasing? If you truly believe this then you really are a blind android and I feel sorry for you.